Background: Anthony (Tony) Parenti served four years in the US Air Force with the 42nd Bombardment Wing, during the Korean War. He joined the Plainfield Police Department in 1956 and after one year, he left to become a member of the Fanwood Police Department. He was with Fanwood for 40 years, worked his way up the ranks, and became
chief of police in 1975, a position he held until retiring in 1998. He then became the Director of the John H. Stamler Police Academy, Union County, and left in 2007. He also served as a volunteer member of the Fanwood Fire Department and Rescue
Squad. He is a volunteer member of the Union County Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and serves on the Governorís Highway Safety Policy Advisory Council.
Mr. Parenti earned a police science degree while attending night sessions at Rutgers University during his employment with the Fanwood Police Department. He attended certification courses in
police management and public administration at Penn State University and Northwestern University.
candidate and his wife reside on Pleasant
Avenue in Fanwood. His eldest son recently retired from the Summit Police Department to become an
assistant prosecutor with the Somerset County Prosecutorís Office. His other son is the
police chief in North Plainfield, and his daughter is employed by Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company.
Mr. Parenti is the creator of 37 legislative bills that were signed into law in New Jersey. He was the driving force behind increasing the drinking age to 21 in New Jersey and nationally. He was elected to 31 consecutive terms as
president of the NJ Police Traffic Officers Association and served terms as
president of the Union County Police Chiefs Association, the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police, the Middlesex County American Italian Civic
League and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. He also served as
chairman of the NJ Commission on Drunk Driving. He has been associated with government on a local, county, state or national level for nearly 55 years.